Crested Pigeon Wing Display

To: "Bill Jolly" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Crested Pigeon Wing Display
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:00:42 +1000
I agree with Bill, that wing raising has more functions than has been advanced so far. Both Crested Pigeons and Spotted Doves do it in my garden when squabbling over sunflower seed suspended in a hanging basket for Lorikeets. Spotted Doves are ejected by the others on approach but use their wings to deter or fight with their own kind. HANZAB says the purpose of wing raising in that species is unknown. Crested Pigeons using this tactic can eject Spotted Doves and keep Lorikeets at bay for a short while but soon concede. HANZAB says Crested Pigeons use their wings for fighting and my observations support that. So I think the bird has the wing raised ready to strike.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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